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Year Big Tens Big Ten Champs NCAA Qualifiers NCAAs NCAA Champs All-Americans Cliff Keen Team Duals Notes

2017

2016

2015

2014

2013

7th

6th

4th

8th

6th

0

0

1

0

0

7

7

10

8

7

10th

9th

11th

17th

33rd

0

0

0

0

0

3

3

5

2

0

Loss to No.Car.St.

Loss to Virginia Tech

DNC

DNC

DNP

Logan Massa/Stevan Micic/Myles Amine

Adam Coon/Alec Pantaleo/Conor Youtsey

Adam Coon/Max Huntley/Conor Youtsey/Rossi Bruno and Brian Murphy

Eric Grajeles/Steve Dutton

Another Lost Season

2012 7th 1 7 11th 1 2 DNP Kellen Russell/Zac Stevens
2011 5th 1 7 15th 1 1 n/a Kellen Russell
2010 10th 0 3 38th 0 0 n/a Lost Season
2009 3rd 3 8 11th 1 3 n/a Steve Luke/Tyrel Todd/Kellen Russell
2008 3rd 3 6 7th 0 4 3rd Eric Tennenbaum/Steve Luke/Josh Churella/Tyrel Todd
2007 8th 1 5 6th 0 5 DNP Eric Tennenbaum/Josh Churella/Steve Luke
2006 3rd 1 9 7th 0 3 5th Ryan Churella/Greg Wagner
2005 3rd 3 7 2nd 1 5 7th Ryan Bertin/Ryan & Josh Churella/Eric Tennenbaum
2004 4th 1 7 10th 0 4 3rd Ryan Churella
2003 6th 0 8 7th 1 3 8th Ryan Bertin
2002 3rd 1 9 9th 0 4 5th Otto Olson
2001 4th 1 8 7th 0 5 5th Otto Olson
2000 5th 0 7 13th 0 3 n/a Joe Warren
1999 5th 0 7 13th 0 3 n/a n/a
1998 4th 2 4 12th 0 3 n/a Bill Lacure/Airron Richardson
1997 5th 0 6 22nd 0 1 n/a n/a
1996 7th 0 6 9th 0 5 n/a n/a
1995 5th 1 5 22nd 0 2 n/a Chad Biggert
1994 4th 1 5 5th 0 3 DNP Sean Bormet
1993 5th 1 6 11th 0 3 5th Sean Bormet

Michigan has never won a NCAA Championship, but finished runner-up five times: 2005, 1974, 1967, 1929 and 1928. The last time the Wolverines earned the Big Ten Championship was 1973. 3 Big Ten Champions in 2005 was the first time since 1974 when we had 4 champions. Michigan had 5 Big Ten Champions in 1965 and 1960. The Wolverines also had 4 Big Ten Champions in 1974, 1967, 1955 and 1930. Michigan had 3 Big Ten Champions in 1961, 1940, 1938 and 1927. Michigan has earned 13 Big Ten Team Championships.

Comparing Eras

Dale Bahr, 1979-1999

Year/Wgt. 118 126 134 142 150 158 167 177 190 275 Ave. Team Rechsteiners Lehrke
1998 8 2 9 9 1 9 4 8 9 1 6 4 DerGarbedian Howe
1997 7 9 9 7 2 8 2 9 9 2 6.4 5 Trost Rawls
1996 5 6 9 9 4 2 9 4 9 6 6.3 7 Waters Biggert
1995 9 7 9 8 8 2 1 6 3 6 5.9 5 McFarland Ellsworth
1994 9 9 9 8 4 1 4 3 7 4 5.8 4 8 Places Awarded Fisher Young
1993 9 4 9 9 3 1 9 3 9 3 5.9 5 Penn State added Amines Hamden
1992 9 4 2 9 4 9 9 3 4 9 6.2 6 J.Pantaleo Bormet
1991 2 9 2 4 6 2 9 3 2 4 4.3 2 Fagan King
1990 9 6 5 9 9 2 4 9 2 9 6.4 6 6 Places Awarded Churella Olabisi
1989 9 4 1 1 4 2 9 9 4 4 4.7 3 Klasson Cluff
1988 3 4 1 3 4 2 3 9 9 4 4.2 2 Richardson Harper
1987 3 9 1 9 9 3 9 9 9 9 7 7 275 lbs. limit Introduced Haughn Yaffai
1986 3 9 9 9 9 9 9 3 2 1 6.3 3 Beljan Gotcher
1985 2 2 3 9 9 9 9 2 3 2 5 3 Fraser Spewock
1984 9 1 9 9 9 9 9 9 3 4 7.1 5 Petoskey Moore
1983 9 4 9 9 9 4 2 9 4 2 6.1 4 Viola Potokar
1982 2 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 2 1 6.8 5 Warren Dameron
1981 2 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 3 2 7 4 DeGain Hill
1980 9 4 9 9 4 9 9 3 9 1 6.5 6 Catrabone Wyland
1979 9 9 9 9 9 9 2 4 2 9 7.1 5 Lacure Elbin
Ave. 6.35 6 6.6 7.85 6.25 5.5 6.5 6.15 5.2 4.15 6.05 4.55 McKay Dunayczan
Green Gilbert

Rick Bay-Billy Jo Johannesen, 1970-1978

Year/Wgt. 118 126 134 142 150 158 167 177 190 UNL Ave. Team Davids Bennett Hoddy
1978 9 9 9 9 1 9 9 3 9 4 7.1 5 Schuck Goodlow Cech
1977 9 4 4 4 1 9 4 2 9 4 4.6 4 Hubbard Lubell Belknap
1976 9 1 9 9 2 3 4 2 9 9 5.7 4 Ernst Briggs Quinn
1975 1 9 2 9 9 3 4 9 9 3 5.8 4 Curby Neiswander
1974 3 9 1 2 1 9 3 3 1 1 3.3 2 Huizenga Johnson
1973 2 2 1 9 2 2 2 9 9 1 3.9 1 Ryan Mariscano
1972 2 9 9 4 1 1 4 9 3 4 4.6 3 Mendrygal Holman
1971 9 9 9 9 1 1 3 9 3 9 6.2 3 Guyton Brown
1970 2 1 4 9 3 9 4 4 9 9 5.4 3 Ritzman McCrory
Ave. 6.6 6.1 4.6 3.9 5.8 5.2 4.75 5.75 6.1 5.94 5.46 5.2 Harris Brink

Cliff Keen, 1925-1970

Year/Wgt. 123 130 137 145/7 152/7 160 167 177 191 UNL Ave. Team Cornell Corriere Nalan
1969 9 1 3 9 9 9 1 2 NW 9 5.77 3 Rawls Rhodes Rumsey
1968 3 2 9 9 2 9 3 9 NW 2 5.33 2 Porter Blaker Lee
1967 1 4 9 2 1 1 9 2 NW 1 3.33 2 Stehman Root O'Shaughnessy
1966 1 3 3 2 4 9 9 3 NW 1 3.88 2 Kamman Fink Holcombe
1965 1 2 1 1 3 NW 1 1 NW 3 1.63 1 Hudson Fitzgerald Planck
1964 1 3 4 1 9 NW 3 9 NW 2 4 1 Rubin Hoyles Kaul
1963 3 3 9 2 1 NW 4 9 NW 1 4 1 Henson Fronczak Hurley
1962 3 9 1 9 9 NW 1 2 NW 9 5.38 2 Fehrs Olm Scandura
1961 4 9 1 1 9 NW 3 1 2 2 3.55 2 Merical Wilbanks Gallon
1960 3 3 1 1 4 NW 1 9 1 4 3 1 Dozeman Murray Nelson
1959 2 9 9 4 1 NW 2 9 NW 9 5.63 4 Jenkins Marchello Stapp
1958 9 1 9 9 9 NW 1 9 NW 9 7 5 Johannesen Pearson Lambros
1957 3 1 9 9 1 NW 2 3 NW 9 4.63 2 Wentz Deppe Koehler
1956 3 4 2 4 1 NW 2 1 9 9 3.5 1 115 wrestled Spaly Rodriquez Miller, W.
1955 4 1 1 1 1 NW 4 4 NW 9 3.125 1 Bay Lutomski Wilcox
1954 4 1 1 2 4 NW 9 9 NW 4 4.25 2 Deitrick Anderson
1953 9 1 2 2 3 NW 4 1 NW 9 3.875 1 Horning Hirt
1952 9 1 3 3 3 NW 3 1 9 9 4.55 2 115 wrestled Stowell Haney
1951 1 2 4 9 2 NW 9 3 NW 9 4.875 2 Barden McMahon
Ave. 3.84 3.16 4.26 4.21 4.0 7.0 3.74 4.58 5.25 5.79 4.28 1.95 Kellerman Krause

1939-1950

Year/Wgt. 121 128 136 145 155 165 175 UNL Ave. Team Courtright Carlson Deane
1950 9 9 2 3 2 3 9 9 5.75 3 Smith, W. Johnston Speek
1949 9 9 2 3 2 1 9 9 5.5 3 4 places awarded Johnson, M. Curtis Anderson
1948 3 9 1 2 2 9 9 9 5.5 2 115& 191  wrestled Danner Smith, M. Wistert, A.
1947 2 9 3 9 1 9 9 2 5.5 3 Kopel Dworsky Barnett
1946 9 9 1 9 1 9 9 9 7 3 Nichols, D. Oberly Paddy
1945 9 3 9 9 9 1 9 9 7.25 7 Nichols, H. Warrick Weidig
1944 9 2 4 1 1 3 2 9 3.875 1 Galles Wilson Jordan
1943 1 4 9 1 1 4 3 9 4 2 Combs Ross Mericka
1942 4 9 2 1 9 3 2 4 4.25 2 Greene Mack
1941 9 9 3 9 2 3 1 9 5.63 2 Smith, J. Planck
1940 4 9 9 2 1 2 1 1 3.63 2 Space Chiames
1939 9 9 3 1 2 9 2 2 4.63 2 Bout scoring begins Powers Tebeau
Ave. 6.42 7.5 4 4.17 2.75 4.67 5.42 6.75 5.21 2.67 Betzig Sachsel

Keen was on a military leave of absence, 1942-1945; all years of service and records during this period continued to be attributed to him officially.

1926-1938

Year/Wgt. 115/8 125/6 135 145 155/8 165 175 UNL Ave. Team Speicher Oakley Donahue
1938 1 3 3 3 1 2 1 9 2.875 1 Cameron Thomas, B. Rich
1937 3 2 1 3 1 2 9 9 3.75 2 Tasch Wilson, W. Draveling
1936 9 3 2 9 9 9 9 3 6.63 5 Thomas, E. Reif Kailes
1935 9 2 9 3 9 9 9 9 7.38 6 Bissell Sigwart Sigerfoos
1934 9 9 9 1 9 2 9 9 7.13 4 Wright Kelly Thrush
1933 9 3 3 9 2 9 9 9 6.63 2 George Warren
1932 9 9 4 9 3 2 9 9 6.75 3 Hewitt Sauer
1931 2 9 9 9 2 1 9 2 5.38 2 Rubin Watson
1930 9 1 3 9 1 1 1 9 4.25 1 Harrod Elliott
1929 9 9 9 9 4 9 1 1 6.38 1 Mosier Heavenrich
1928 1 4 2 2 2 NW 3 9 2.88 1 Parker, L. Woodard
1927 9 9 1 1 1 NW 9 9 5.57 1 Parker, R. Auer
1926 9 9 9 9 9 NW 1 3 7 2 Dougavito Baker
Ave. 6.77 5.54 4.92 5.85 4.08 4.6 6.08 6.92 5.58 5.2 Steinke Solomon

Iowa has won 23 NCAA Wrestling Championships, Penn State has won four, and Minnesota has won two, Michigan State and Indiana have won one each. Iowa has won 189 individual Big Ten Championships, and Michigan is second with 122. Michigan's record against Iowa is 25-28-1, and they are the only Big Ten team other than Penn State (25-27) that holds an edge in dual meets against the Wolverines.

Big Ten Team NCAA Champions All-Americans Current Coach School Wrestled for
Iowa 79 297 Brands Iowa
Michigan 22 174 McFarland Michigan
Penn State 25 177 Sanderson Iowa State
Minnesota 21 157 Robinson Oklahoma State
Michigan State 25 135 Minkel Central Michigan
Illinois 20 117 Heffernan Iowa
Wisconsin 18 102 Davis Iowa
Nebraska 11 93 Manning Nebraska-Omaha
Indiana 11 77 Goldman Iowa
Ohio State 15 78 Ryan Iowa
Northwestern 9 59 Pariano Northwestern
Purdue 4 53 Ersland Purdue
History Lesson: Cliff Keen
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Big Ten Wrestling School Total Titles Runner-Up Last Title 2nd Title 1st Title Individual Champs
Iowa 34 21 2010 1958 1916 195
Michigan 13 18 1973 1938 1929 123
Minnesota 10 14 2007 1957 1941 90
Illinois 17 10 2005 1917 1913 71
Michigan State 8 5 1972 1966 1961 67
Wisconsin (best finishes were #2 in 1975, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1992 and 2007) 0 9 n/a n/a n/a 67
Indiana 13 10 1943 1915 1914 53
Northwestern (best finishes were #3 in 1963 and tied for #2 with Iowa and Michigan in 1968) 0 1 n/a n/a n/a 36
Purdue 6 1 1954 1945 1942 35
Ohio State 2 2 n/a 1951 1923 32
Penn State 4 3 2014 2012 2011 28
Nebraska 0 0 n/a n/a n/a 0

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Michigan Wrestlers who also Lettered in Football

Bissell, Frank
Curtis, Guy
Dworsky, Dan (All-American)
Draveling, Leo
Fitzgerald, Dennis
Greene, John
Hurley, Bob
Jordan, Forrest
Mack, Hugh
O'Shaughnessy, Dick (Captain)
Parker, Ray
Porter, Dave
Powers, John
Steinke, Al
Wistert, Albert (All-American)
Wright, Harry "Tiny"

Michigan Football Players who later became Michigan Wrestling Captains

Howard Auer, played tackle on football 1929-31, was wrestling captain in 1931, later played in NFL with Philadelphia Eagles in 1933.
Frank Bissell played on the 1935 and 1936 football teams with fellow Wolverines wrestlers, Stan Schuman and Harry “Tiny
” Wright. Although Wright was voted as wrestling captain for the 1937 season, Keen replaced Wright with Bissell. Bissell was an Olympic Alternate in 1940 who won the National AAU Championship in 1946.
Forrest “Butch” Jordan played tackle on 1936 football team with fellow Wolverine wrestlers, Jim Lincoln, and Roland Savilla. Jordan was Big Ten Champion in 1940, and Jordan became a football assistant for Crisler and a wrestling assistant for Keen in the mid-1940s before leaving to be Art Valpey’s assistant at Harvard. He became Head Wrestling Coach for the Crimson.
Denny Fitzgerald was a starting halfback at Michigan, 1959-60, and still holds the Wolverine record for longest kickoff return. He was captain in 1961, and won two Big Ten wrestling titles plus Pan-American gold in 1963. He became both a football and wrestling assistant for Bump Elliott and Cliff Keen, 1963-1968, until he became defensive coordinator at Kentucky and Kent State where he was promoted to head coach. Fitzgerald coached for 10 different college and NFL teams including 7 seasons with the Pittsburgh Steelers as linebacker coach.
Rick Bay was backup quarterback to Bob Timberlake, 1962-63, and gave up his senior season in 1964 because Keen demanded he do so to lead the wrestling team as captain in 1964. He was Keen’s assistant, 1966-1970, and replaced Keen after retirement in 1970. After leaving the Wolverines in 1974, Bay was voted as President of USA Wrestling becoming Wrestling’s Man of the Year in 1980. Bay became athletic director at four different universities, and was inducted into the NACDA Hall of Fame in 2010. Bay also was a baseball executive for the Yankees and Indians.
Dave Porter was voted captain for the 1968 season, but Keen replaced him with Pete Cornell since he couldn’t lead the team as wrestling captain while he was competing in football. Porter was a Two-Time NCAA Champion, and had a shot to compete in the 1968 Olympics; however, he was drafted by the Cleveland Browns, but a foot injury ended his NFL career.
Pete Cornell came to Michigan to play both football and wrestling, but gave up football after his freshman season to concentrate on wrestling where he was a Three-Time All-American and National Runner-Up in 1969.
Conversely, Michigan Football Captains who wrestled include: George Rich, Bob Westfall, Alvin Wistert, and Dick O’Shaughnessy (2 Time Big Ten Champion). Cliff Keen persuaded dozens and dozens of Wolverine football players to compete in wrestling. Few people know that Les Miles, current LSU Head Football Coach was on the Wolverine Wrestling Team while playing for Michigan as a backup offensive guard.

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Remembering Bill Combs

Michigan Wrestlers who also Lettered in Golf

Courtright, Bill "Corky" Low Scorer in 1947 NCAA Championships when we finished 5th; Also, on 1946 NCAA Runner-up and member of 3 Big Ten Championship Teams in 1942, 46 and 47

Evashevski, Jim

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Rick Bay

Mark Churella

Bill Combs

Harold (Theron) Donahue

Steve Fraser

Ed George

John Greene

Jarrett Hubbard

Cliff Keen

Harold Nichols

Dave Porter

Ufer Award

Mark Churella

Cliff Keen

Woodward "Chip" Warrick

Jim Keen